Oopah, got an overwhelming since of déjà vu today, not sure if it was the ride in (a chilly but thankfully dry 20-something degree ride, MUCH better than the wet 30-something degree ride!) or if it’s just the fact we are doubling up for today to do a Humpday Twofer!!!
2010 is already becoming flooded with amazing releases! Man, if this keeps up, I may have to do a triple mixtape best of at the end of the year just to recognize all the greatness floating around! Today, we’ve got two uniquely awesome albums, one from the slightly familiar, a Ms. Scout Niblett and her latest, The Calcination Of Scout Niblett, and a completely unfamiliar one (for me, at least) with Ardentjohn (sounds like some deeply religious woodworking man, doesn’t it?) and their album, On The Wire!
First up, Scout…
Why, hello to you to Scout! What a slightly unnerving & devilish wave that is, in one sense, you want to wave back, in another, maybe it’s best we just leave. Unfortunately, I only vaguely recollect her last album, but I seem to remember it being a little on the hot & cold side for me, did you get that too?
Well, regardless, that was then and as you are all well aware, what was then is certainly not now (nor what will be), so as our ears change, as our lives change, so does Scout’s and mine. This time around, would our worlds meet, greet, and do it?
Awwwwwwwww yeah…. BOY-EE!
The first thing that comes to mind listening is actually PJ Harvey…. Not just because after yesterday’s “video mixtape” post, commenter Chris noted my neglect of Ms. Harvey, (which I’ve since corrected), but there’s something about the stark, harsh, bluesy, ballsy, minimalist feel of this album that takes me back to when I first heard “Oh My Lover” by PJ!
Now, that’s not to say Niblett’s a knock-off, but if you are familiar with one, it may remind you of the other… and it’s a good thing. It’s sexy. It’s bad ass. Suddenly I think to myself, man, you don’t FUCK with Scout Niblett. Calcination? Maybe more like calcification, hardened up, resilient, someone you won’t knock down…
Then we jump to the other side of the spectrum, to a completely different universe with Ardentjohn…
From the opening harmonies, you know sumfin special is going on, ever so vaguely reminiscent of Paul Simon, if only for the briefest of seconds, that is until the acoustic guitars & mandolin kick in with the brushed drums, then it’s just full on gorgeous folk pop/rock. Simple and clean and pretty. No, it’s not the most original thing you’ll hear this year, but it may be one of the loveliest!
Thanks so much MixItUp for the heads up on this one!Ardent Link Love…
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